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Best Jamaican Banana Fritters Recipe

If you’re craving a delightful treat that combines the natural sweetness of ripe bananas with a crispy exterior, look no further than Jamaican Banana Fritters. This mouthwatering dish is a beloved Caribbean delicacy that can be enjoyed as a breakfast item, a snack, or even a dessert. The Jamaican Banana Fritters recipe is not only delicious but is also suitable for those following a vegan diet. Get ready to tantalise your taste buds with this easy-to-make and crowd-pleasing recipe.

Jamaican banana fritters recipe

Jamaican banana fritters

Banana fritters are made from a few simple ingredients that come together to create a delectable treat and are a well-loved breakfast or snack choice in Jamaican households. The main component is, of course, ripe bananas, which should be mashed until smooth. To bind the mixture, you’ll need all-purpose flour and a pinch of salt. For a hint of sweetness, add brown sugar or alternative sweeteners of your choice. Spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg are used to enhance the flavour. The Jamaican banana fritters recipe is a fantastic choice for everyone; it is entirely vegan-friendly.

Banana vs plantain fritters

Like bananas, plantains are starchy fruits commonly used in Jamaica to make fritters. Bananas and plantains may look similar, but they provide different flavours and textures to fritters. Compared to plantain fritters, banana fritters are soft and light with a naturally sweet flavour.

Easy banana fritters recipe

Do you use eggs in banana fritters

Traditional Jamaican banana fritters do not typically use eggs or milk. The bananas provide natural moisture and help bind the ingredients together. If you prefer to make your banana fritters with eggs, you can easily add them, but the recipe no longer keeking with authentic Jamaican traditional preparation.

Jamaican banana fritter recipe ingredients

To make the best Jamaican Banana Fritters, gather the following ingredients:

Jamaican banana fritters recipe ingredients
  • Ripe banana: The star ingredient of the recipe, ripe bananas, provides natural sweetness and moisture to the fritters. They should be soft to achieve the desired texture.
  • Plain flour: Also known as all-purpose flour, it serves as the base ingredient for the fritter batter. Plain flour helps bind the other ingredients together and provides structure to the fritters when fried. If you prefer a gluten-free option, replace the flour with a gluten-free alternative.
  • Vanilla extract: Vanilla adds a pleasant fragrance and enhances the overall taste of the tasty fritters. It complements the natural sweetness of the bananas, contributing to a more flavourful experience.
  • Nutmeg: Nutmeg adds another layer of flavour to the fritters. It has a slightly sweet and nutty taste that complements the bananas.
  • Cinnamon: Pairs well with the natural sweetness of the ripe bananas, creating a well-balanced and flavourful combination.

Full measurements are in the recipe card below.

How to make Jamaican banana fritters

How to make banana fritters
  1. Peel and mash bananas: Start by peeling ripe bananas and placing them in a mixing bowl. Use a fork or a potato masher to mash the bananas until you achieve a smooth and creamy consistency.
  2. Add flour and spices: Once the bananas are mashed, add the flour, vanilla extract, nutmeg, and cinnamon to the bowl.
  3. Fry:Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Use just enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan for less-greasy fritters. Drop a spoonful of the banana fritter batter into the hot oil. Fry the fritters in small batches, leaving enough space between them in the pan. Overcrowding can lower the oil temperature and cause the fritters to absorb more oil.

How to eat and what to eat with it

In Jamaica, fritters are commonly enjoyed on their own. Drizzle honey or maple syrup over the warm banana fritters to enhance the sweetness. Jamaicans usually pair banana fritters with dishes like ackee and saltfish or callaloo. They also enjoy the fritters with a cup of tea.
There is no right or wrong way to enjoy banana fritters. Explore various combinations of toppings and side dishes to find the perfect match for your taste buds.

Reheating banana fritters, storage, and trips

To reheat banana fritters, place them in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) or air fryer for a few minutes until warmed. Alternatively, you can reheat them in a toaster oven or microwave, although the texture may differ slightly. Fritters are best enjoyed immediately after cooking, but if you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They should be consumed within 2-3 days for optimal taste and texture.

If you have a surplus of banana fritters or wish to prepare them in advance, freezing is an option. Place the fritters in a freezer-safe container or bag, separating them with parchment paper to prevent sticking. When ready to enjoy, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight and reheat using one of the methods mentioned above.

Banana fritters recipe without eggs

To make fritters less greasy, ensure that the oil is at the right temperature before frying. If the oil is not hot enough, the fritters will absorb more oil, resulting in a greasy texture. Use a deep-frying thermometer to maintain the oil temperature around 350°F (175°C), and avoid overcrowding the pan, as it can cause the fritters to become greasier.

Make it now

Indulge in the scrumptious flavours of Jamaican Banana Fritters with the easy-to-follow recipe. Whether you prefer the traditional version in the recipe card below or add eggs, these fritters are bound to satisfy your cravings. With their crispy exterior, soft interior, and naturally sweet banana flavour, they make a perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert option. Experiment with different additions and toppings to make them your own. So, gather your ingredients, heat up the oil, and get ready to savour the deliciousness of these Caribbean delights!

Jamaican banana fritters recipe

Jamaican Banana Fritters Recipe

 Whether you’re a fan of breakfast bliss or seeking an afternoon pick-me-up, these Jamaican banana fritters will leave you longing for more.
5 from 14 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: Banana Fritters, Vegan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 8 fritters
Calories: 369kcal

Ingredients 

  • 4 Very ripe bananas
  • 60 g (½ cups) Plain flour
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • ½ tsp Vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp Ground cinnamon
  • pinch Salt

Instructions

  • Peel the bananas and break them up in a bowl. Crush it using a fork or a masher.
  • Add the other ingredients except for cooking oil. Mix until you get a soft paste, similar to the pancake batter but not as runny.
  • Add cooking oil to the frying pan at medium heat. The oil should not cover the fritters in the frying pan. When the oil is hot, scoop portions of the batter mix with a tablespoon and add it to the oil.
  • Fry until golden brown on both sides and cooked on the inside.

Notes

  • It’s best to use an overripe banana. The riper the banana, the sweeter it is and the easier it is to crush.
  • You may have to turn the heat down once you dd the banana batter to the oil to prevent the fritters from burning before cooking. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Jamaican Banana Fritters Recipe
Serving Size
 
190 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
369
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.2
g
1
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.1
g
Sodium
 
2
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
72
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
83
g
28
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
37
g
41
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
Vitamin A
 
2
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
0.04
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
16
mg
2
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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13 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Wow! These banana fritters look delicious. I haven’t had fritters in years. This easy seems really easy to follow. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    oh wow, These Banana Fritters are a delicious way to use up our ripe bananas.

  3. 5 stars
    I love that they are fried to golden perfection, they are full of flavor and perfect for any meal.

  4. 5 stars
    This is perfect to make this weekend! I would love some banana fritters in the house.

  5. Gervin Khan

    5 stars
    Such an easy but delicious treat to make. I am sure my kids will love this!

  6. 5 stars
    Oohhhh…these fritters are so pretty and nutritious, too! They look more or less like what I call pancakes here. I am definitely giving them a try soon.

  7. 5 stars
    I haven’t made fritters like this before. Sounds delicious! And I think it would go perfect with a cup of tea.

  8. 5 stars
    Okay! It’s been awhile since I’ve had a fritter. A banana fritter sounds amazing.

  9. 5 stars
    I love banana fritters! We used to make them all the time in my old shop where I worked growing up! That and pineapple fritters. But so many people up where I live now have never heard of them!

  10. 5 stars
    I’ve not tried banana fritters in all my life. I knowww…I’m embarrassed, haha! What we do have more familiar in the PH is the banana lumpia. It’s banana wrapped in rice wrapper, then fried with sugar. Very simple to make, kids love them.

  11. 5 stars
    My favourite banana flitters recipe. Easy and delicious. Thanks for sharing Lesa.

  12. 5 stars
    Banana fritters are so delicious and tasty. This is such an easy and simple recipe for a delicious delight. I will definitely share with everyone.

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